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November 2015 issue

Graduation celebrations at Lismore campus

Graduation, Lismore campus

Awards celebrate community connections

Community Impact winner (centre) Dr Symon Dworjanyn from the School of Environment, Science & Engineering, with the Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Lee and the Chancellor Mr Nick Burton Taylor AM.

Small pleasures: PhD candidate awarded Nikon prize for photomicrography


Marine science graduate is one of the seven new faces of Australian science

Miss Mibu Fischer - CSIROseven campaign

CSIRO has pulled seven of its brightest young scientists out of their labs and enlisted them in a campaign to recruit future thinkers, innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs. Among them is Southern Cross University marine science graduate, Mibu Fischer. Known as the CSIROseven, the group comes from different research areas of the organisation. “It’s time for […]

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Off-duty SCU lifeguard saves toddler from drowning tragedy

Joshua Cluff working at SCU Fitness for You.

A Father’s Day weekend in September turned to horror when a two-year-old boy was found face down in a dam on the Mid North Coast, but quick thinking by a Southern Cross University personal trainer helped save the toddler’s life. Joshua Cluff, a 21-year-old sport and exercise science student, had expected to use his CPR […]

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Flying high: SCU MBA graduate lands top job at Gold Coast Airport


Southern Cross University MBA graduate member of the School of Business and Tourism Advisory Board, Marion Charlton, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of Gold Coast airport, taking the helm as the city prepares for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Ms Charlton, who has 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry within Australia and overseas, has […]

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Making a world of difference: Anna and Kiri Dicker


From warzones to women’s shelters the mother-daughter team of Anna and Kiri Dicker are making their mark on the world. The Southern Cross University graduates, who both completed their Master of Community Development (Emergency Management) in 2010, have devoted their lives to making the lives of others better. And though thousands of miles separate them, […]

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Legend of Arthur’s grail helps secure win for SCU academic at research pitch competition

Dr Daniel Bucher receiving his award from 5RP host the Australian Catholic University DVCR Professor Wayne McKenna.

Monty Python, Arthur’s grail, Excalibur, Mordred and Lancelot all played a starring role in Dr Daniel Bucher’s hat trick at the national finals of the 5 Minute Research Thesis competition. Dr Bucher, from the School of Environment, Science and Engineering, won the best overall pitch, along with the Science and Health section and the People’s […]

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California Dreamin’: a sport science student on exchange in the US – part 3

Joseph Teege (right) celebrates Halloween with friends.

Sport science/law student Joseph Teege is on a five-month international exchange at California Lutheran University (Cal Lu) in the USA. Cal Lu, near Los Angeles, is a SCU partner university. Joseph is sharing his experiences with DiscoverSCU until his return to Australia in January 2016. During my time studying abroad I have been able to […]

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Postcard to home: Vishalakshi Baligar


Vishalakshi Baligar vividly remembers a chilly New Delhi morning in 1995 when – dressed in her finest clothes – she attended her father’s Southern Cross University graduation. Her dad, Veerappa Parameshwarappa Baligar, attended the University’s Lismore campus from 1994-95, where he completed his MBA. During that time the family immersed themselves in local life and […]

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Meet the staff: Katie O’Rourke


What is your job at SCU?  I’m the Orientation and Engagement Officer for the Gold Coast campus and am working with both the Student Engagement and Retention Team and UniLife. Why do you love your job? I’m so happy to be working with great teams, not just the people in my work units but across […]

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